Life’s a blessing at La Vie Lente

While indulging in a foam-leaf decorated cappuccino, my eyes take in purple Jacaranda splotches against a blue sky canvas and green tints and textures from herb filled pots seaming off the garden – Life is a blessing.

La Vie Lente Urban Farm reminds you of exactly that and of slowing down.

Cappuccino at La Vie Lente

Cappuccino at La Vie Lente

I imagine kids running up and down from under the Jacaranda trees covering the kiddies’ play area on a busy weekend while parents socialize over some of La Vie Lente’s carefully selected wines. For now, though, there’s stillness as if time decided to go into slow motion.

It’s about slow life here.

La Vie Lente has the ability to create calmness even while cooking up a storm. They compose music on plates with a variety of countrified dishes, including some of the latest dietary trends.
Farmhouse omelettes, blueberry flapjacks with pecan nuts and fig cream and breakfast platters with cheese, boiled eggs and freshly baked farm bread with preserves, quality butter and cold meats. These are a few of the items you will find on La Vie Lente’s breakfast menu and if you’re not careful, brilliant lunch dishes like grilled line fish with potato dauphinoise, smoked paprika prawns and vegetables, banting lunches and grilled rump tacos might just trick you into ordering something of everything!

Line fish at La Vie Lente

Line fish at La Vie Lente

“Life’s a blessing…” echoes the song in the background and I silently second it. This is a place you can slow down at. If you haven’t found your happy place yet, this should be it.

La Vie Lente is an urban, daytime farm bistro that also caters for special, intimate events. Contact them on 072 916 7801 / for more information.

Getting off-line guests online

Have you noticed how many of your regular guests are not following you on social media? Some of them might be on Facebook or Twitter without following you, others might have profiles, yet they don’t use it and some might even not have a profile on social media. How do you get off-line guests to follow and engage with you on social media?

Here are a few tips and ideas to think about and PLEASE feel free to share your experience and expertise on this topic – we are here to assist each other! 🙂

Create awareness that you are on Twitter and Pinterest by inviting guests to follow you on these platforms with a small gift like this:

Twitter and Pinterest Biscuits

Twitter and Pinterest Biscuits

Create professional notice cards with details like your Twitter handle, Facebook link, Pinterest link and Google+ name to encourage guests to follow you on certain social media platforms. This will definitely also encourage guests to Tweet about your establishment while they are there, as you provide them with information allowing them to tag you.

Consider having a television screen in the foyer, displaying your Twitter stream all day long. This creates transparency, guests will be able to see that you are active on Twitter and they might also be encouraged to Tweet something in order to see their own name on the screen.

Create social media contests and promote them in printed media. This will allow people who are not following you on social media to consider liking or following your profiles.

Add your social media links or at least just the social media logos to your printed collateral – this will create awareness among guests who fill out your questionnaires, read your information files in the rooms, etc.

On arrival, ask guests if they are on Twitter, request their Twitter handles and welcome them at your destination online too. This will make them feel even more special and they will most definitely follow you back!

Create unique hashtags for certain events at your destination and ask the event manager to remind guests to use the hashtag when Tweeting about the event. Also ensure that your Twitter handle is visible during the event for when people want to follow and tag your destination.

Do you have any additional ideas on how to get off-line guests online? Feel free to comment below.

For more on this topic, book a workshop with Travelling Mystery Guest and lets get all South Africa’s hospitality and tourism establishments social savvy!

Contact Renate de Villiers on 082 336 1562 or for more information.